OPP OF THE DAY: Get Set to Go Volunteer Football Leader, Dudley MIND

What is Get Set to Go?get-set-to-go
We’re often told that physical exercise is good for us, but we understand that having a mental health problem can reduce our desire to get up and go, especially when we’re not well.

Mind’s new sport programme Get Set to Go aims to remove the barriers to sport participation so those of us with a mental health problem feel more confident about getting active and see it as an important part of a healthy lifestyle.

What will I be doing?
As a Volunteer Football Leader, you’ll facilitate regular sports or activity sessions to a range of people with mental health problems. In this role you will receive support from the Sport Coordinator at Dudley Mind, who is responsible for running Get Set to Go in your area and will be given free training.

You will help people to build people’s confidence so they are more confident being active or using leisure and sports facilities in your community, either on a one-to-one basis or as part of a group.

You will also have opportunities to use your knowledge and experience to help us shape key aspects of the programme which may include assisting with the production of training materials and the broader marketing and promotion of Get Set to Go.

As a Volunteer Football Leader you will be expected to:
– Create a mutually helpful and supportive relationship between the Volunteer Football Leader and participants.
– Build the confidence of individuals by encouraging and motivating them to overcome any barriers to getting active and taking part in sport.
– Take registers at each activity and get them to the Get Set to Go Coordinator within 7 days (email/drop-in).
– Support people to attend sport related activity sessions together in the community.
– Support the Get Set to Go Coordinator as requested.
– Able to work within agreed boundaries.
– Be a positive role model.

As a volunteer of Dudley Mind you will also be asked to:
– Complete Dudley Mind’s volunteer Induction programme and attend any other training necessary for the role.
– Attend regular supervision with the Sports Coordinator.
– Provide feedback and attend relevant meetings (where able).
– Work in a professional, confidential and non-discriminatory manner at all times and promote equal opportunities for all.
– Work in accordance with Dudley Mind’s policies and procedures and maintain accurate records when required.

Disclosure: This role is subject to satisfactory references, Mind’s policies on the Protection of Children and Young People and Vulnerable Adults and an Enhanced DBS check and subsequent re-checks.

How much time do I need to commit?
Hours are flexible although we do ask that you attend a weekly group sport session.

– Qualifications: None required
– Experience : Experience of using physical activity to improve own physical and/or mental wellbeing
– Lived experience of a mental health problem, either personally or from a close relative or friend
– Knowledge: Basic knowledge of the health benefits of physical activity
– Basic knowledge of mental health problems*
– Knowledge of the rules of 5 and 7 a side football and a willingness to implement them fairly
– Skills: Ability to communicate with both men and women of different ages and backgrounds in a friendly and supportive manner
– Ability to provide positive feedback
– Good time management skills and reliability
– Ability to maintain professional boundaries and confidentiality
– Attitude : Open and non-judgmental attitude
– Positive, patient and tolerant approach towards supporting people with mental health problems
– Commitment to Dudley Mind’s aims and objectives
-Other : Willingness and ability to undertake the activity with the participants to build trust and respect
– Able and willing to collect subs (if required) and transport all subs collected to Dudley Mind head Office within 3 days
– Able to take registers for each activity and return them to the Sports Coordinator within 7 days


Rachel Harding
Email: rachel.harding@dudleymind.org.uk
Tel: 01384 442938

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